JULIAETTA - On Wednesday morning, July 28, the Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Gold Team commanding the Leland Complex Fires provided an update on fire growth and containment operations. Fire crews continue to make great progress toward the containment of the Sand Mountain and Johnson Creek Fires. As of Wednesday morning, the Leland Complex is now 67% contained and was last estimated at 3,351 combined acres in size.
Sand Mountain Fire
As of 9:00am Wednesday, July 28, the Sand Mountain Fire located approximately 2.5 miles from Laird Park in Latah County was estimated at 1,574 acres and 58% contained.
Along the south side of the fire, crews will continue to strengthen the control line today. Great progress is being made along the southwest side of the fire, as sawyers and hand crews continue to go direct on the north-south ridgeline to establish the control line and connect it to the east-west control line. Crews will also continue to patrol and mop up lingering hotspots along the containment line on the fire's west, north and east sides.
Johnson Creek Fire
As of 9:00am on Wednesday, July 28, the Johnson Creek Fire near Elk River was estimated at 1,229 acres and 52% contained.
Sawyers and hand crews will continue mopping up smoldering hotspots, clearing hazardous tree snags, and laying hose lines within Sunday's burnout area that was completed along the southeast side of the fire. Crews are also patrolling and mopping up any lingering smoldering hotspots along the containment line from the burnout area north toward Shite Creek.
Pine Creek & Bonami Fires
The Pine Creek Fire remains 542 acres in size and is 100% contained.
The Bonami Fire remains 6 acres in size and is also 100% contained.
Evacuations and Closures
Sand Mountain Fire and Johnson Creek Fire area roads/trail/campgrounds, including Laird Park and PotlatchDeltic leases, remain closed to the public. Details of trail, road, and campground closures can be found HERE.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR)
There are TFRs in place for air space over the fires in the Leland Complex. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you Fly, We Can’t!
Idaho Department of Lands, Nez Perce Tribe, USDA Forest Service, Latah County Sheriff’s Office, Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, Nez Perce County FD, Potlatch VFD, Troy VFD, Deary VFD, Moscow VFD, Juilaetta VFD, Kendrick VFD, Genesee VFD, South Idaho Timber Protection Association